Bethesda revealed during a recently updated FAQ that the German version of Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be fully censored – oops, I mean “sanitized” – for its release in Germany.
Censored Gaming spotted the update from the publisher, where it was highlighted that the upcoming cooperative first-person shooter will be accommodating censorship when it comes to its Nazi-related iconography.
Despite there being some changes to German law in recent times, which were undoubtedly in part due to the mass attention the German version of Wolfenstein 2 received, Bethesda has revealed that the German version of Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be “fully sanitized” pic.twitter.com/x22eFfelky
— Censored Gaming (@CensoredGaming_) June 3, 2019
What’s interesting is exactly what Censored Gaming mentions in the tweet; that recently Germany has changed its laws that allow for Nazi iconography to be used in entertainment media so long as it isn’t in a glorified way, this even made major headlines back in August of 2018, as reported by the BBC.
But Bethesda censoring Wolfenstein is nothing new. As mentioned before, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was heavily censored when it came out back in late 2017.
Censored Gaming even did a video comparing the differences between the North American release and the German release.
In the case of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, this isn’t even the first time that this particular game has been in the news for its ties to censorship. Back in late March of 2019, the Steam forums were hit with a wide swathe of censorship to suppress criticisms from people who didn’t like the game’s overt SJW tone.
Nevertheless, if the trailer and Machine Games’ last outing are anything to go by, the least of Bethesda’s worries should be German censorship. If the game continues to perpetuate the whole Communist propaganda from Wolfenstein II while deep diving into lesbian heroics that are underpinned by misandrist themes then they won’t have much of an audience to care about the censored German version of the game.
(Thanks for the news tip Harper Mason)